, and majestic
where natal clouds of gas and dust are buffeted by
energetic winds from newborn stars.
A well-known example, the
within the bright
galactic star-forming region NGC 2264, was captured from the Hubble Space Telescope's
. While the Cone Nebula
about 2,500 light-years away
is around 7 light-years long.
The region pictured here
surrounding the cone's blunted head is a mere 2.5 light-years across. In our neck
of the galaxy that distance
over half way
from the Sun to its nearest stellar neighbor,
The massive star
, seen by Hubble's infrared camera
in 1997, is the likely source of the wind
sculpting the Cone Nebula and lies off the top of the image.
The Cone Nebula's reddish veil is
glowing hydrogen gas.
Science & Engineering Team